We parted our ways but never let the hatred bloom
You’re my companion, my brother and will remain to be
Neither you nor I thought to presume
To speak our hearts out during the departure
Though you emerged into a nation, abandoning the bond
A feeling of contempt could not invade
The World called us rivals, induced wars
There was love for one another under the shade
When I came to you recollecting the forgotten days
I recognized your love for me never faded
Innocent clashes under the worldly maze
Could not indeed erase the bond we share
We are an epitome of eternal kinship
Divided by boundaries, we are united by hearts
We stand for each other in hardship
For we are brothers until we die
© Shaziya Shaik
Excerpt form the book “Divided Lines – A Poet’s Stance”
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Foreword . . .
In a world of ever increasing advances seemingly created to make our lives easier to manage, envisioned to bring us together, to draw us closer, we are still in many instances isolated and at odds and validly apart. Something is missing, there is a snag, a rip, a hole in the spiritual fabric that we all see; yet we continue to fail to address.
It has been said by self-proclaimed philosophers, theologians, scholars’ and politicians that the abuse of words can be a danger, there are those that believe words are a leading factor in what ills our society. Of this we do not deny in full, there have been abuses, history is but a melody to that fact, yet it is also true that words have the innate capacity to bridge, to heal that which divides.
Opinions, views, religions, nations, people, even love divides. The focus of this book and the poets here in, is to give breath to a wide range of issues both small and controversial that lie beneath the surface. Things that we are often hesitant to discuss. In saying that, I will offer that the role of a poet is not to persuade or to add more rhetoric to the static we hear. A poet’s responsibility is to shine the light of awareness, to create a platform for dialogue, for healing, to gather up the images in an attempt to understand what we see.
Demitri Tyler, Author
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